Bobby Lashley says he has unfinished business.
He’s not the first person returning to a wrestling promotion after a long absence to say that he’s back to settle an old score. It’s pretty standard reasoning, really. The issue I’m having with Bob’s continued insistence that he has unfinished business to take care of is pretty simple. Nothing he’s done since his return has anything to do with his WWE past.
He debuted on the Raw after WrestleMania, where he beat up Elias. Elias was just starting his wrestling career when Lashley exited WWE in 2008.
His first major endeavor was to team with Braun Strowman in a feud with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. None of these men were in WWE in 2008. Owens & Zayn were in the indies while Strowman was in amateur strongman competitions.
After finishing Zayn, Lashley decided to target the Universal Championship. The Universal Championship was not a thing in 2008. The current champion, Brock Lesnar, was out of WWE during Lashley’s initial run. The other top contender, Roman Reigns, was playing football.
None of this qualifies as unfinished business. When you look at Lashley’s first stint in WWE, it’s fair to wonder what business from then he could possibly finish in 2018. Let’s look at his main opponents from those days & what they’re doing now:
- Simon Dean: In the financial planning business
- JBL: In the financial analyzing business
- Finlay: Working for WWE as a producer
- Booker T: Occasionally working for WWE as an announcer
- Big Show: Currently inactive as a wrestler
- Umaga: Deceased
- Vince McMahon: Making more money than ever while allegedly senile
- John Cena: Making movies
There’s not a lot of options there. Or any, really. I continued to rack my brain thinking of what Bob Lashley’s unfinished business in WWE is…
I finally came up with five ideas.
5. He wants them to bring back ECW
It’s not like Lashley would be the first ECW alum that constantly tried to re-live his past. That whole business led to ECW’s rebirth within the WWE umbrella to begin with. Once the original ECW guys got kicked out, they went to TNA to continue their re-living their glory days. They’ll pass you by, glory days. In the wink of a young girl’s eye, glory days. Glory days. I mean, that would be my theme song too if I had any glory days. I didn’t, but maybe Lashley looks back to his time as ECW Champion the same way Sandman & Raven do.
4. He sold his stock options
Bob was released by WWE on February 4, 2008. Part of every WWE severance package includes the sale of the company stock they’re given when they enter the company. This is a true story that I didn’t just pull out of my ass. When Lashley was released, the WWE stock price was at $15.60. It’s a little bit higher than that today, and Bob wants his cut.
3. The “Black Lesnar” thing really pissed him off
Its funny how Lashley & Brock Lesnar lead parallel lives yet have never crossed paths in the ring. Both men went to MMA after brief & successful runs in WWE. Lesnar went to UFC. Lashley wound up in Bellator & never made it to the big show. Though, considering current UFC booking, I expect Lashley to be Brock’s first challenger for the heavyweight title if Daniel Cormier comes up short against the Beast.
The similarities between the two men were obvious early in Lashley’s WWE tenure. A good number of fans took to calling Bob “Black Lesnar” because he was seen as an African-American version of Brock. Lashley hated the comparison and his unfinished business is to shut Brock & the fans up.
2. Needs to re-establish connection with Donald Trump
We all remember WrestleMania 23, where The Donald cemented his WWE Hall of Fame status by leading a young Lashley to victory over Umaga in the Battle of the Billionaires. Even then, Trump showed a knack for finding success for himself & his friends at the expense of everybody else.
Had Lashley been able to retain Trump’s services as manager, who knows how high he could have gone in his original run. He probably would have blown John Cena out of the water, given Trump’s business savvy & gift for selling people on things that may or may not be true. Lashley knows that WWE still has strong ties with Trump, and wants to use them to re-establish the relationship.
1. He’s a spy
But for who?
To Be Continued…
Chairshot Staff Picks: Survivor Series/NXT Takeover War Games
Who you got?
Ladies and gentlemen my name is PC Tunney and welcome back to The Chairshot staff picks! I am thrilled to be reincarnating our PPV prediction series and bringing them to our very astute audience right here on THECHAIRSHOT.com. Survivor Series is a great place to kick things off again. The spirit of brand competition is back and with it comes the long running sibling rivalry between Stephanie and Shane. Not to mention we also have an excellent four match card for NXT Takeover War Games. So as we prepare for the final of the big four PPVs, I have only one question… Are you ready?
NXT TAKEOVER WAR GAMES – Staples Center Los Angeles, CA
Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano
- Carter: Gargano
- Cash: Black
- Cassada: Gargano
- Gunz: Black
- Mcleod: Gargano
- Sarpraicone: Black
- Scopelliti: Gargano
- Weigel: Gargano
- Ames: Gargano
- Cook: Gargano
- Mitchell: Gargano
- Platt: Gargano
- DPP: Black
- Balaz: Black
- DeMarco: Gargano
- Tunney: Black
10-6 JOHNNY GARGANO #UseYourHead
2 out of 3 Falls for the NXT Women’s Championship
Shana Baszler (c) vs Kairi Sane
- Carter: Sane
- Cash: Baszler
- Cassada: Baszler
- Gunz: Baszler
- Mcleod: Sane
- Sarpraicone: Sane
- Scopelliti: Baszler
- Weigel: Baszler
- Ames: Baszler
- Cook: Baszler
- Mitchell: Sane
- Platt: Sane
- DPP: Sane
- Balaz: Baszler
- DeMarco: Baszler
- Tunney: Baszler
10-6 Shana Baszler #UseYourHead
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs Velveteen Dream
- Carter: Ciampa
- Cash: Dream
- Cassada: Ciampa
- Gunz: Ciampa
- Mcleod: Ciampa
- Sarpraicone: Ciampa
- Scopelliti: Ciampa
- Weigel: Ciampa
- Ames: Ciampa
- Cook: Ciampa
- Mitchell: Ciampa
- Platt: Dream
- DPP: Ciampa
- Balaz: Ciampa
- DeMarco: Ciampa
- Tunney: Ciampa
14-2 Tommaso Ciampa #Use Your Head
The Undisputed Era vs War Raiders, Ricochet & Pete Dunne
- Carter: War
- Cash: War
- Cassada: Era
- Gunz: Era
- Mcleod: War
- Sarpraicone: Era
- Scopelliti: War
- Weigel: War
- Ames: Era
- Cook: War
- Mitchell: Era
- Platt: Era
- DPP: Era
- Balaz: War
- DeMarco: Era
- Tunney: Era
9-7 THE UNDISPUTED ERA #UseYourHead
Booking The Future Of Gargano & Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: WarGames
Their story is not over…
Some may think that the Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa storyline has been tossed aside, but the card for Saturday at NXT TakeOver: War Games provides the perfect stepping stones toward their final encounter.
Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano
A lot of fans may feel that Gargano is a heel now but I don’t think he’s fully turned. At first glance, it seemed like Gargano was turning into Ciampa when he attacked Aleister Black. But remember, he attacked Black just so he could get his hands on Ciampa.
Booking It: Aleister has the more legitimate gripe in this match so he’s winning. Johnny robbed him of his championship and his rematch. We’ve never seen a feud get Black more fired up than this one. That’s why I want the fans to be able to feel Black’s anger in the finish. When Aleister Black hits Gargano with the Black Mass kick, I want Johnny to fall back into the ropes, bounce off, then take a second Black Mass on the rebound. Black purges his anger and earns a chance to reclaim his championship.
NXT Championship – Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs Velveteen Dream
I’ve been anxiously waiting for Velveteen to get a chance at the NXT Championship but I don’t have a good feeling about this one. As much as I want Dream to get his first championship, this match had the “weakest” build among the four matches on the card. Everything Velveteen does is magic but Ciampa is on another level right now.
Booking It: So yes, Ciampa is winning here. But I want Ciampa to have as difficult of a time as possible. Velveteen makes sure to always have the best ring gear for every TakeOver event. I’d like to use that to get into Ciampa’s head. When Dream enters the ring, I want him to be wearing a vest or jacket. He won’t take it off until Ciampa is in the ring. Underneath he’ll be wearing a DIY shirt. That will clearly leave Ciampa flustered and immediately set him off to the point of trying to rip the shirt off. Fast forward to the end of the match. Ciampa has won but is still fixated on the shirt. He recovers it but throws it into the audience before exiting the building.
Booking Forward: Black and Ciampa were the two winners on the night. That will set up the rematch for the NXT Championship that Aleister Black never got to have. Even their first match wasn’t a clean victory since Gargano got involved. This rematch will take place at the TakeOver before the Royal Rumble.
After the dust is settled from War Games and they’re back at Full Sail, Johnny Gargano will confront Velveteen Dream backstage. He’ll ask where Dream got the DIY shirt. Dream will say he has no memory of it, then Gargano will conclude by saying to stay out of his business. Tensions rise between the two over the ensuing weeks, also leading to a match at the next TakeOver.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa will each win those matches, leaving their final encounter for the TakeOver before WrestleMania. Here, Johnny Gargano finally wins the big one.